Behind many special effects in makeup is the research and development of top beauty brands. We figure out how to achieve the effect of the ultimate matte lipstick or its mirror shine on the lips

The confrontation between matte and glossy lipsticks in the arena of beauty trends has been going on for many years. And each of the parties does not lose ground: matte lipsticks are getting better in composition, providing lips with maximum comfort, and glossy lipsticks delight with unusual shades and record durability. How do they do it?

Matte lipsticks

When choosing between matte and glossy lipstick, until recently it was necessary to choose between an expressive deaf matte finish and a coating that is comfortable for lips with caring properties.

Manufacturers had to sacrifice useful components for the sake of a beautiful external effect. After all, if you leave oils in the composition, thanks to which the skin of the lips softens, the lipstick will no longer be as matte as we would like.

In addition, the durability of the coating will suffer. The texture will literally glide over the lips upon application, but will quickly “eat away” or “slide” to the contour. This is a problem, as well as the fact that a flawlessly matte result turns into a feeling of dryness and tightness of the skin during the day. Beauty brands are trying to find a way out of this situation. Many matte novelties are attempts to find a compromise.

For example, Giorgio Armani's Lip Maestro gel has a pleasant elastic texture. The basis of the formula is translucent velvet spheres, which, on the one hand, absorb light, and on the other, still slightly scatter it throughout the coating.

This allows you to maintain a matte effect and give your lips a 3D volume. In addition, the composition provides moisture and comfort to the lips for at least 4 hours.

The secret of Powder Puff Lippie from NYX Professional Makeup with a powdery effect is also in a plush applicator-cushion that absorbs excess liquid texture and leaves only pure color on the lips.

In the composition, by the way, there is vitamin E, rose oil and glycerin, which moisturize the delicate skin of the lips.

Liquid lipsticks freeze on the lips after application - the gloss disappears, as if evaporating, leaving only a matte color film on the lips.

Applying liquid lipstick can be difficult for beginners. How to make it so that it does not spread beyond the contour and steadfastly lasts all day? Watch our video tutorial.

Maybelline New York's Superstay Matte Ink lipstick has 16-hour wear.

Many people like classic lipsticks more precisely due to the usual creamy texture.

The color, by the way, turns out to be matte, but the lips do not suffer from dryness, and all thanks to the fact that the formula contains beeswax and sesame oil.

Glossy lipsticks

With glossy lipsticks, in terms of production, everything is much simpler. If the formula is saturated with oils, a brilliant finish is guaranteed. But questions are raised by the stability of the resulting formula. And again, you need to look for ways to solve the problem, look for compromises necessary to create a reliable and comfortable tool with the desired visual effect.

Beauty brands achieve the desired color by saturating lip glosses with pigments. Next, work begins on lightening the texture: the product should lie on the lips in a weightless, barely perceptible layer, without leaving a sticky effect.

It worked out with Slip Tease Full Color Lip Lacquer, NYX Professional Makeup's lip lacquer, which has a liquid texture, catchy shades and a dazzling shine that becomes brighter on the lips in the light.

One of the main components is mineral oil, you can thank it for the result. By the way, many myths about mineral oils have no basis - you can safely use products with this ingredient in the composition.

L'Absolu Lacquer by Lancôme is water based and leaves a very light sheen on the skin.

Octyldodecanol softens skin while vegetable glycerin provides hydration. At the same time, the comfortable glossy coating stays on the lips for about 6 hours, which is not bad even for evening make-up: you can be sure that such a lip lacquer will definitely survive the solemn part without the need for updating. We talked about this tool in more detail in this article.

Giorgio Armani's Ecstasy Lacquer, which is loved by many girls who are not indifferent to an elegant glossy finish worthy of the red carpet, is similar in its creation principle. Shimmer has been added to some shades of this lipstick for a subtle sheen effect.

A Lip Paint from L'Oréal Paris is a real lip paint, like a tint or stain. The brand presented the tool in two formats: Matte and Lacquer, that is, in matte shades and shades with a glossy sheen. In the second case, the combination of gloss and rich color gives a particularly impressive result.

Which lipstick is better - matte or glossy?

Lipsticks today are presented in a wide variety, with different finishes and many color nuances. Even among matte lipsticks, you will not find the same: some are velvety, others are powdery, and others even combine matte with an “inner” radiance.

It's impossible to say exactly which is better. In each case, the choice will be individual. Each girl chooses lipstick to her taste. Matte lipsticks are often preferred because the velvety finish looks noble and accentuates the color.

In glossy lipsticks, it attracts the mirror shine of the coating, which at the same time detracts from the color. At the same time, matte lipsticks are not for everyone. Many of these products still dry out the skin, although manufacturers are tirelessly working on better formulas.

Glossy lipsticks are the option most often associated with red carpets. These are for a special occasion. They are almost always chosen for make-up with an evening dress, while matte lipsticks are good in casual looks.